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KWS adopts new approach of engaging conservation partners.

Date Published: 28 Nov, 2013
KWS adopts new approach of engaging conservation partners.

Environment, Water and Natural resources Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Judi Wakhungu is calling for structured engagement between the Government and wildlife conservation non-governmental organizations operating in Kenya for effective protection of the country’s wildlife.

“ I direct that Kenya Wildlife Service ensures that all stakeholders in wildlife conservation are well coordinated using non confrontational approach for proper management of wildlife”, she said.

Prof. Wakhungu is also urging conservationists to pool their resources and expertise with a view to developing up to date data on the numbers and distribution of endangered species, particularly the African elephant and rhinos.

The Cabinet Secretary in a key note address at a forum for conservationists drawn from Non Governmental Organisations and the Kenya Wildlife Service challenged Kenyan scientists to work closely with their foreign counterparts to ensure national data of wildlife is regularly updated and harmonized.

Prof Wakhungu announced that starting next year, her ministry will organize a forum d known as “The state of wildlife address” that will provide intrinsic information and data on wildlife.

Prof. Wakhungu lauded KWS for partnering with strategic stakeholders to put in place standardized monitoring systems across the country through collaring of wildlife using GPS technology and regular aerial surveys within savannah ecosystems.

She said other than poaching, wildlife conservation in Kenya faces a myriad of challenges including:

  • Lack of adequate national data on status of wildlife
  • Illegal killings of elephants and rhinos
  • Increase in human population thus eating into wildlife range
  • High human-wildlife conflict.
  • Lack of a clear national land use policy
  • Climate change

Prof. Wakhungu directed KWS to intensify translocation of wildlife from areas whose ecological systems are overstretched to free areas to ensure vibrant growth of their numbers. She also challenged county governments and communities to put in place wildlife sanctuaries to create space outside protected areas.

KWS director William Kiprono cited trade and consumption of illegal bush meat as an emerging challenge that is compounding the nagging poaching menace and lack of rangelands for elephants.

 

 

 

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